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I'm a therapist who believes that encouraging a trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship is the foundation for any real work to move forward, and to develop positive change for you.
I offer a free of charge initial telephone consultation, which will help us to assess what your needs are and whether I'm the best suited counsellor for you. You can then decide whether you would like to arrange further counselling sessions with me.
Thereafter at your first appointment, we can agree whether your requirements will be short or long term, or open ended. We will have regular reviews to ensure that your therapy process is effective. Some people find that three to six sessions are helpful, whereas others might benefit from longer term therapy.
As well as currently offering online therapy, I work in a confidential, safe and comfortable environment where it can help you to feel at ease to talk and to explore issues, which may include the following:-
Struggling with depression or general anxiety disorder. Having unwanted thoughts or past traumatic memories, or panic attacks. Problems with your relationship/s, or family conflicts. Do you feel that you are struggling to communicate effectively? Constantly feeling sad, tearful, or upset. Feeling in a stuck place in your life, with your job, your decisions, and your goals. Do other people expect too much of you? Are you lacking in self-confidence? Are you finding it hard to cope? Feeling stressed, or angry, or confused? Have you lost a loved one? Are you feeling trapped or not being treated with respect?
These and other difficulties can be common in today's climate and often you can move forward with the help of friends and family. But sometimes it can be wiser and more effective to seek the help of a professional therapist. Together we will find ways to help you solve your problems, to think differently and clearly, and to restore your wellbeing and mental health.
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and have been practicing since 2013.
I work with varied therapeutic tools and researched theories depending on what would be the most beneficial for you. Everyone's background and situation is unique. I will incorporate a Person-Centered approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic insights, Somatic awareness, and creativity. Creativity can be very helpful to process feelings which could be difficult to explore. I apply a holistic view of our mental health by understanding the role of the brain, body and nervous system - the whole you.
"The curious paradox is, that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change...and embrace growth" Carl Rogers.
(Please note that I am currently seeing clients face to face with the government safety guidelines in place; equally If you don't feel ready for face to face contact, I am also trained to work using telephone therapy sessions, online therapy or using Zoom or face-time, etc. whatever you are comfortable with).
Please note that the youngest age I can work with is 17 years.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked within various counselling agencies, gaining valuable experience by working with people from all walks of life. I obtained a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2014, obtained through Willows Counselling Services in Swindon who specialise in trauma based therapy. I trained within the agency where I still practice and volunteer alongside my private practice in Wantage.
Prior to that, I studied at New College in Swindon. I am a member of various professional bodies, and continue with ongoing personal development, ensuring that you are receiving professional standards of counselling. I receive regular supervision, and I also attend conferences which keep me informed of mental health developments within the NHS and updated developments within various Counselling organisations and networks. I am currently obtaining a Certificate in Neuroscience. I am also a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
I offer a free telephone initial assessment to help you make an informed decision about whether you would like to work with me, and this will also help me assess whether I have the necessary skills to help bring about the change you desire for your life, or whether it would be more beneficial for you to be referred to another therapist or agency specialising in your needs.
Further Therapy Sessions thereafter - £45.00 (1 hour)
Concessions offered for
Please contact me either by phone or email to discuss a mutual convenient time if you require an appointment or if you have any questions. Thank you.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me if you have any queries. If I'm unavailable at the time of your contact, please be assured that I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please leave a clear message if you are calling me. I will endeavor to get back to you within 24 hours on week days, and within 48 hours if you contact me over the weekend. Thank you.